this soaking solution is my go to when i have set in stains that don't come out with traditional methods (i will be posting those tomorrow). i have to say that it almost always works.
last week i went over to my sisters house, and saw a pile of clothes in her trash can. i thought that maybe they had just fell in from the counter, but no. she told me that they were stained and she had tried cleaning them multiple times with no luck. so i gathered them up and brought them home. i thought i'd give my old soaking solution a try. well guess what...it worked!!!!
you know how when you open saved baby clothes and yellow stains have appeared on them. i used this solution on my baby clothes before i packed them away, and when i got them out for baby there were no stains. and when i do find old stains, i mix up a batch of my solution, toss a bunch of clothes in, and by the next day they are beautiful.
so, here is the soaking solution....
Oxy Clean + Dawn Dishwashing liquid + Biz + Cascade Dishwasher detergent. yep....all four of these. seems like a lot, but they each have special functions that seem to fight my stains everytime. the Dawn helps get out the oils and greases, the Cascade gets out the enzymes and protein stains, Biz helps whiten and brighten the colors, and the Oxy Clean seems to make the whole solution work.
• use a 2-3 gallon size bucket or large tupperware (my mom uses her sink). fill it up with warm or hot water. i then put in all four of the soaps. i don't have exact measurements.....i kind of just put a bunch in. probably at least a cup of the Oxy Clean and Biz, ½ - ¾ cup of Cascade and ⅓ cup of Dawn. if you are using a larger container, use more soap.
• then, mix it all up. let all the soap crystals dissolve in the warm water. once it is all dissolved, put your clothes in. if you are using colors, make sure the water has cooled down. you also want to make sure that you don't put to many clothes into the solution. you should still be able to stir the clothes around in the water.
• let clothes soak. i usually let them soak overnight. every so often i stir the clothes around and make sure nothing is bleeding. the next morning i go through and pull out the ones that are clean and put them in the washer. i leave in the ones that need more soaking, and add more Oxy Clean. this helps boost the solution again. sometimes it can take a few days (even 5) for the stain to release. be patient....it almost always works.
this solution has been wonderful on chocolate, baby spit-up/poopies, the yellowing around baby shirt necks where they drool, food stains and for overall brightening of clothes that can't be bleached. i have even been successful at removing huge mold stains by letting the clothes soak for 2 weeks and just adding more Oxy Clean each day. however, i haven't had good luck on ink....hairspray works on that.
NOTE: reds and dark colors can sometimes bleed, so keep an eye out for that. i usually do a solution for my lights, and one for my colors. Also, you don't have to use Cascade brand dishwasher detergent.....but don't use the really cheap non-brand stuff.